Bill Belichick on new-look offense: “We always try to do what’s best for the team to win”

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New year, new quarterback, and new offense for New England.

On Monday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked during a press conference to discuss whether, as it appears, the team ripped up its offensive playbook and constructed a new one.

“We always try to do what’s best for the team to win,” Belichick said. “Everything we’ve done for the last 20 years, and rightfully so, has been for Tom Brady. It was for Tom Brady. Everything was dedicated to him, other than the games that he didn’t play in, like when [Matt] Cassel played or Jimmy [Garoppolo] and then Jacoby [Brissett] when Brady was suspended. So there were times when we had to plan differently, but when your starting quarterback has things that he’s good at or things that you can take advantage of, then I think you try to take advantage of them.”

That’s just good coaching. Do what your players do well. Don’t do the things they don’t do well.

New quarterback Cam Newton runs well. He ran the ball 15 times on Sunday. Is that something that will continue, given the physical risks that such an approach presents to a quarterback who often has been injured?

“Well, some of those runs were option-type runs, so we don’t know who’s going to get the ball,” Belichick said. “It depends on how the defense plays. It’s not like handing the ball off to the halfback and running up the middle. When you run plays that have some type of an option to them, you don’t know for sure who’s going to get the ball. That’s just an unpredictable part of that play. It’s like running a pass play. Unless it’s a screen pass, when you drop back and throw the ball, you don’t know which receiver you’re throwing to. It depends on the coverage and the matchup that you get. So, it’s the same thing on an option-type run. The quarterback could keep it or the quarterback could hand it off. It really depends on how the defense defends the play.

“So I think those numbers are, with all due respect, I think they’re a little bit skewed. If they play it a certain way, they could put the ball in whoever’s hands they wanted to if they really want to declare who’s going to get the ball. So, we’ll see how teams play us going forward on those type of plays. If we run those again — I don’t know — we’ll do what’s best each week based on the team that we’re playing and how we feel like we can attack them.”

In other words, there’s a difference between a designed run and an option play. On Sunday, Newton decided (presumably based on his keys) to run 15 times. Depending on the manner in which the Seattle defense performs on Sunday night, Newton may decide to hand the ball off more.

Regardless, it seems like the decisions made when constructing game plans will take into account Newton’s mobility. Some weeks, the mobility could be part of a misdirection. Other weeks, Newton could get the ball a lot.

At the end of the day, the Patriots need to be concerned about the number of hits Newton takes. He looks indestructible, but he isn’t. Keeping him healthy will be critical to going as far as the 2020 Patriots possibly can.

28 responses to “Bill Belichick on new-look offense: “We always try to do what’s best for the team to win”

  1. I’ve seen this time and time again from Cam. He’ll start off strong and at the first sign of adversity, he crumbles.

  2. Do the best for the team to win… His brand of coaching is like sculpting:

    If you’re going to carve out a career for yourself, sometimes you have to do a little chiseling.

  3. Fans need to learn that coaches can be flexible if they are any good. You fit your offense and defense to your talent. Not the other way around. Great coaches just want talented players, they will make it work.

  4. Brady has looked like a bottom 10 QB the past 15 games or so. The last 3 have been absolutely horrific. Maybe the old man saw something and decided to move on. Cam looked good. Different type of QB, different skills, different ballgame. BB, more than anyone, loves the game of football and embraces the challenge. I don’t think the Pats will be as bad as the talking heads predicted.

  5. I love the sly challenge Bill gives to other coaches there – ‘go ahead and try to dictate what we do. It’s right there for you,’ Playing on their ego, and of course they’ve planned for that. Love it!

  6. I never really followed Cam as we had Brady…. now that things have changed I’m more in tune to him, but still going thru a great big learning curve…. what he has done since he joined the team seems to have been completely positive on numerous levels…. I’ll base my opinions on how he’ll react to controversy or mistakes (attitude) on his current & future actions & NOT on his past ones as this is a new team for him & new coaches & teamates….. his perception will be based on the reality of his now new approach & actions while with the Patriots….
    Hopefully he has the sand to be all he can be & excell no matter what comes his way or circumstances he’s felt…. I guess time will tell!!!
    Go Pats!!!!

  7. Patriots have always been a game plan team and will continue to do so. They changed from week to week with Brady and will do so with Cam under center. They catered to what Brady did best and now they will cater to what Newton does best. Pats D may not be as good on paper as they were last year, but they sure looked quicker out there yesterday.

  8. stickyicky97 says:
    September 14, 2020 at 12:09 pm
    I’ve seen this time and time again from Cam. He’ll start off strong and at the first sign of adversity, he crumbles.

    6 21 Rate This

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    True, except that is Carolina.

    He won’t be coddled or enabled in NE.

    We shall see. However, it was refreshing to see Newton look at and throw to guys Brady refused to last year. Newton managed a much better game than Brady and was far more effificient.

    In week 4 when Harris and Olezewscki come off the PUP, Newton will have 2 more weapons.

  9. Even when Brady was the QB, it’s not as if the game plan was the same week to week. The scheme is different every week, depending on who the opposition is and which personnel the Patriots have available to play. Even in-game, the scheme can change if the opposition shows you something different from what was expected or if the Patriots have an injury. Whatever the situation demands.

    Nobody who has watched the Patriots for the last 20 years was at all surprised to see a different game plan yesterday. Newton has a different skill set from Brady, so of course Belichick and McDaniels devised a different offensive approach. Next week could look different, and the week after that.

    Too many coaches have a particular scheme they insist on. That just shows they’re not smart enough to respond to the strengths and weaknesses of their players and the team they’re playing. Belichick has always been the opposite of that, right from the beginning of his career.

  10. Bill Belichick coaches to what his players can do. Smart!

    Bill O’Brien coaches to what HE WANTS TO DO. Not smart!

    Be like Bill Belichick. Smart!

  11. tyreehelmetcatch says:
    September 14, 2020 at 12:23 pm
    Brady has looked like a bottom 10 QB the past 15 games or so. The last 3 have been absolutely horrific. Maybe the old man saw something and decided to move on.
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    I think Bill would have been happy to move on last year but Robert probably wouldn’t let the defending SB champ go.

  12. “We always try to do what’s best for the team to win” Eagles 41- Pats 33

    Malcolm Butler would like an explanation.

  13. While Cam looked decent, it’s important to remember that they were playing against Miami…a team the Pats have owned for years.

  14. radar8 says:
    September 14, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    While Cam looked decent, it’s important to remember that they were playing against Miami…a team the Pats have owned for years.

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    Considering these teams have gone 1-1 in six out of the last seven years, including the last three, I don’t think “owned” is the word you’re looking for.

  15. Malcolm Butler was one of the lowest ranked CBs in the 2017 playoffs and missed practice time due to sickness.

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    “We always try to do what’s best for the team to win” Eagles 41- Pats 33

    Malcolm Butler would like an explanation.

  16. Since 2010, the Patriots are 15-6 vs Miami.

    But I see your point, that more recently they have split the season series.

    My bad.

  17. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    September 14, 2020 at 12:28 pm
    The greatest system in football.
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    Exactly, and TB was the greatest System QB in history. Which, btw, does NOT equal GOAT

  18. Cmon man, you beat the stinkin Dolphins. You’ve been feasting on the weakest division in football for 25 years. Get real.

  19. They’ll come out against Seattle and throw the ball on the first 10 plays just to mess with peoples’ heads. People are going to stack the box and dare Cam to beat them with his arm. If he does? Like he did when Norv was calling the plays? Fuhgeddaboudit. But he has like zilch around him. They go as far as he takes them.

  20. Feasting huh…..sure am glad we don’t play in the NFC East.What about all the supposed contenders the Patriots have beaten over 25 years?What about those same contenders LOSING to the dolphins,Jets and Bills?Quit acting as if the Patriots swept their division every year or made the playoffs with 9-7 records(or worse).Your contender teams the Patriots played in the playoffs year in and year out usually went home and you watched the Patriots in the Superbowl.Say something relevant.

  21. Go ahead and “stack”the box…he will just throw it while the Lbs and safeties hesitate because of the threat of him running.Just because he ran it 15 times last game doesn’t mean he will always do that.I sure hope DCs think like you do.

  22. Cam is running a different system that Brady ran…so saying Brady was a system QB is ridiculous. Montana on the other hand ran the same “system” that Steve Young and Jeff Garcia ran in SF and were successful.So tell me again who the best system QB is?

  23. “Malcolm Butler was one of the lowest ranked CBs in the 2017 playoffs and missed practice time due to sickness”

    Then what was Eric Rowe cause he got absolutely COOKED!

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